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Lillygay

   

Cover - State (a)

 

Rear - State (a)

 

Spine - State (a)

 

Cover - State (b)

 

Rear -State (b)

 

Spine -State (b)

 

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Limitation Page

 

Cover State (c)

 

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State (a):

40 copies printed on large hand-made paper.
Issued in punk paper boards with canvas spine and paper label.
This deluxe edition had hand-coloured illustrations, probably done by Katheen Rose Goddard.

State (b):

550 copies printed on antique laid paper.
Bound in cloth spine with paper covered boards.  Upper cover lettered in red “LILLYGAY. | (Woodcut Illustration) printed in black | THE VINE PRESS, | STEYNING. | MCMXX.”

Lower cover lettered in red “STEYNING. | (Woodcut Illustration) printed in black | MCMXX.”
State (c):

A portion of the 550 copies printed on antique laid paper were bound in wrappers and lettered in black “LILLYGAY. | THE VINE PRESS, | STEYNING. | MCMXX.”.
Top edge gilt.
Spine lettered in black.

 
Publisher: The Vine Press.  
Printer: Vine Press.  
Published At: Steyning and London.  
Date: 1920.  
Edition: First Edition.  
Pages:

xi + 78.

 
Price:

Cost of State (b) was Sixpence.    

 
Remarks:

The poems Lilly-white, Rantun-Tantum and Sick Dick were written by Neuburg.  Original woodcut illustrations on cover and throughout the book were designed and cut by Eric and Percy West.  The title-page, prologue and colophon are printed in red and black.  Issued with dust wrapper.  Printed by hand on Victor Neuburg’s printing press.

 
Pagination:
Page(s)    
  Blanks
  Limitation page
[  i] Half-title
[  ii] Blank
[  iii] Title page
[  iv Blank
[  v] Division Title “Dedication”
[  vi] Woodcut Illustration
[  vii] Dedication
[  viii] Blank
[  ix] List of Contents
[  x] Blank
[  xi] Half title
[  xii] Blank
[1-78] Text
[  79] [Woodcut Illustration] “PRINTED AT THE VINE PRESS, | LONDON & STEYNING. | Nineteen hundred & Twenty. | The Wood-cuts are by | Eric and Percy West. | AD MVSARVM | Æ QVARVM | GLORIAM | LABOR | SIT.” | [Woodcut Illustration]
 
Contents:

- Dedication

- Prologue

- The Distracted Maid

- Eloré lo

- Bonfire Song

- Burd Ellen and Young Tamlane

- The Gowans Sae Gae

- Lilly-white

- Johnnie Faa

- Sick Dick

- A Lyke-Wake Dirge

- Johnnie wi’ the Tye

- The Shoemaker

- Rantum-Tantum

- Epilogue.

- Colophon

 

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     The Vine Press at Steyning has produced interesting work, typical of this free and enjoyable period, and its first book, Lillygay, issued in 1920, expresses the character of what followed.  It is an anthology of anonymous poems.  The woodcuts by Percy West are cheerful and chapbook in style, like Tuer’s books from the late nineteenth century or Lovat Fraser’s more recently, or Jack Yeats in the Cuala Broadsheets.  Forty special copies were bound delightfully in pink paper boards and green buckram back, with printed labels and hand coloured.  The type is nothing to write home about but the book is a success—ballads and rough woodcuts, the beautiful and carefree colouring.

The Private Presses, Colin Franklin.     






















 

 
       
   

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